St. Henry District High School is a committed Catholic high school in its community, characterized by what it calls its five pillars of success: faith, scholarship, athletics, arts and leadership.
The school is in its fourth location, but it has “a long tradition of adapting to serve the needs of the community,” according to its website. The school was originally founded in 1933 and classes were hosted on the balcony of St. Henry Church. The building moved in 1948 and again in 1967 as the high school continued to grow. On Sep. 9, 1998, the campus was moved to its current location to accommodate its large student body. This academic year, the school has reached its record enrollment with 560 students through grades 9-12.
“Our No. 1 way of getting people in the door is through word of mouth,” says Billy Sarge, junior and enrollment counselor for St. Henry. “Students and parents want to promote the school and share their experiences with people they know.”
Students enroll in the school from Boone and Kenton Counties, as well as from Lawrenceburg and Aurora in Indiana.
“We have all things for all people,” says Sarge. St. Henry offers many academic opportunities, athletics and clubs to its prospective students. The school also offers an array of AP courses and has 100 percent pass rates for many AP Tests such as Spanish, English, and psychology. The school is also looking to expand its course selection in the technology and business programs in the next few years.
One of the most attractive aspects of St. Henry according to the school is that it challenges its students and prepares them for college.
“In a lot of ways what we do here is college,” says Sarge. “A lot of students will come back after graduating and say that what they are doing now is easier than when they were enrolled here. It makes them proud to say they are a St. Henry alum.”
St. Henry has also gained recognition in its community for a number of activities. In September, a group of seven students attended the Mayerson Student Service Leadership Workshop, where they learned new ways to serve and help their community. Athletics are also on the rise for the school, specifically the school’s men’s golf and women’s volleyball teams who will be competing in their leagues for state titles.
An open house for prospective students looking into starting their freshman year at St. Henry or transferring into the school will be held Nov. 6 from 1-3 p.m.
“What I like most about working with St. Henry District would have to be working with the students. Here I feel as if the students are as much of a teacher here as we are,” says Sarge. “I love to be part of their journey.”